The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering offers accredited programs leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering and to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Interested students should apply for the Chemical Engineering or Chemical and Biological Engineering program after completing first year engineering, or equivalent if applying from another institution. Prospective students should be aware that the number of available spaces in any of the programs of study may be limited.

Environmental Science and Engineering and Sustainability principles are integrated in individual courses and in dedicated specific technical electives.  Through their academic courses, students also become well versed in computation, product and process design, and process simulation software.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is a program with a long tradition (since 1915) of excellence at UBC.  The program puts emphasis on the analysis, design, process control, operation and management of efficient chemical and electrochemical processes within resource-based industries such as oil & gas, mining, pulp & paper, petro-chemical, polymers, inorganic chemicals and fertilizers.  In addition, pollution prevention and reduction in industrial processes and systems is emphasized.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering is a unique program that provides an opportunity for students to combine interests in life sciences with engineering.  Students are trained for professional employment in the growing fields of biotechnology, chemicals and food bioprocessing, environmental services, pharmaceuticals health care and biomedical engineering.  Graduates from this program can also continue their studies in the medical field; some graduates have joined North America’s most reputable medical schools.


The first step towards a chemical (and biological) engineering degree is admissions. Admissions to UBC and the Faculty of Applied Science is administered by Student Services and Engineering Student Services offices, respectively. Please contact these respective units to learn more about admissions.


Once a student has been admitted to UBC and the Faculty of Applied Science and is progressing towards fulfilling the first year engineering program requirements, that student is then placed in an engineering program by a process facilitated by the Faculty of Applied Sciences Engineering Student Services office. This process typically occurs begins near the end of the second winter term concluding in mid May with results shared with students thereafter. See 2nd year placement for more information.

Note: Spaces are limited in the Chemical and Biological Engineering program. However, students are provided with an opportunity to request transfers between programs (Chemical Engineering & Chemical and Biological Engineering) after 2nd year. Current students in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department can now request this transfer by filling out the online form before May 15, 2020. Students who submitted a request will be advised in late August if they will be permitted to transfer. 

English Language Requirements
First year English, ENGL 112 (or its equivalents – ENGL 110, ENGL 111, WRDS 150, or APSC 176), is a pre-requisite of CHBE 201 (Integrated Technical Communications). CHBE 201 is a co-requisite of CHBE 263 (Introduction to Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory Practice) so the courses must be taken concurrently. Students cannot register in either CHBE 201 or CHBE 263 until successful completion of first year English requirements.
Without the successful completion of ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to entry, the Chemical Engineering and the Chemical and Biological Engineering programs will require an extra year for completion. Therefore, prospective students are advised to complete ENGL 112 or equivalent prior to September 1st of their estimated program entry year.


Standard Time Tables (STTs) are designed for students in each program to ease registration. However, the STTs do not include electives or required courses such as Chemistry, Statistics or Mathematics. Students must register in those courses separately after they have registered in their STT.


Upon completion of the first year engineering curriculum, students typically take another three academic years to complete their programs. Participation in ancillary professional development programs such as UBC Engineering Coop, Coordinated International Experience (CIE), or a minor program, typically extends studies by one or more academic years.